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Company prosecuted for failure to comply with improvement notices

A car body repair company has been fined after failing to comply with improvement notices. Where did it go wrong?

A car body repair company has been prosecuted after failing to comply with the requirements of two improvement notices issued by the HSE. These were issued following an inspection of the premises and the subsequent failure of the owner to provide follow up information that had been requested by the inspector. The owner should have been arranging for health surveillance to be carried out on his workers as they were using isocyanates in their work processes. This substance can cause respiratory sensitisation which means that surveillance is a legal requirement. In addition, the owner was required to show that a thorough test and examination had been carried out on the spray booth. The booth was used to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances and the documentation would have provided proof that this was functioning correctly.

Despite being given several opportunities to provide information, the owner failed to do this resulting in a fine of £4,000 with £1,600 costs. This could have been avoided had he taken his legal responsibilities seriously and provided the requested information. His employees were exposed to hazardous substances but he failed to control this work in a sufficient manner. If you're ever unaware of your responsibilities consult with a competent health and safety advisor for guidance.

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